New Exhibit Celebrates the Lizzadro Museum’s 60th Anniversary “On The Cutting Edge – Contemporary Gemstone Sculpture”
By Helen Serras-Herman
A fabulous exhibit titled “On the Cutting Edge- Contemporary Gemstone Sculpture” just opened on October 4, 2022, at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, in Oak Brook, Illinois. This special curated exhibit celebrates the museum’s 60th Anniversary and represents gem carving trends in the 21st century. The exhibit features 30 original artworks, all sculptural in nature, created by ten contemporary lapidary artists living in both North and South America. Artists include, Darryl Alexander, Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio, Julio Martínez Barnetche, Trent Mann, Nancy Arthur-McGehee, Naomi Sarna, Georg Schmerholz, Helen Serras-Herman, Rick Stinson, and Lawrence Stoller.
A public celebration event free to the public will be held on Sunday November 6, 2022 from 12pm to 3pm. Six gem artists will be present to demonstrate their art, while others will have their books available for purchase.
The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art is a fabulous museum with unique exhibits rarely seen anywhere else in this country. On display are antique to modern gemstone treasures, with a blending of earth science exhibits. Their collection continues to grow. Besides a remarkable carved jade collection, which includes Chinese jade figurines and urns carved meticulously in multi-colored rare jadeite – lavender, green, and orange, the museum houses a fabulous anthology of gemstone mosaics, including Florentine mosaics, created entirely from cut stone, like a zigsaw puzzle, from Florence, Italy.
This new “On The Cutting Edge – Contemporary Gemstone Sculpture” exhibit is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to learn about the contemporary lapidary arts in America. The exhibit will run through January 22, 2023.
The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art is located at 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook, Illinois. Please visit their website at www.lizzadromuseum.org
Photo descriptions, Photos courtesy Lizzadro Museum.